Photo: Sébastien Roy
For immediate release
Pointe-à-Callière will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday, March 28.
Montréal, March 24, 2023 – Following the fire that took place in Old Montréal last week, Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex, announces that it will reopen to the public on Tuesday, March 28. However, the Fort Ville-Marie-Quebecor Pavilion and the Collector Sewer will remain closed for the time being; their reopening date will be announced soon.
Ms. Anne Élisabeth Thibault, Executive Director of Pointe-à-Callière, noted that “the tragic events we experienced in the last few days have been very emotional. It goes without saying that the hearts and thoughts of the entire Pointe-à-Callière team go out to the families of the victims who are still waiting for news of their relatives. As for Pointe-à-Callière, with the approval of governing authorities, we are seeking to again make the Museum accessible to the population and to school groups at the earliest opportunity.”
Bear in mind that the fire did not affect the Museum’s facilities. A neighbouring building was destroyed by the flames. The preservation of the remains at the Fort Ville-Marie archeological site—the birthplace of Montréal—, in a new, LEED Gold-certified building, certainly helped protect the Museum’s collections. The archives, media library, rare book collection, and archaeological artefacts housed in the Fort Ville-Marie – Québecor Building were therefore protected.
Pointe-à-Callière would like to recognize the exceptional preservation work carried out by the firefighters of Montréal’s Fire Safety Department and the collaboration of police officers from the City of Montréal’s Police Department.
Pointe-à-Callière visitors are asked to refer to the Museum’s website and social media for further information. POINTE-À-CALLIÈRE (pacmusee.qc.ca)
About Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex
Inaugurated in 1992, on the city’s 350th anniversary, Pointe-à-Callière is today the largest archaeology museum in Canada and the busiest history museum in Montréal. Rising above a concentrated number of historic and archaeological sites of national significance—including the birthplace of Montréal—, the Museum has a mission to preserve its collections and to further knowledge, while showcasing and fostering an appreciation for Montréal’s archaeological and historical heritage. This mission is carried out through various activities focused on conservation, research, presentation, education, and inclusion, along with community initiatives benefiting both Montrealers and visitors to the city.
Pointe-à-Callière, proud partner of the City of Montréal.
— 30 —
SOURCE: POINTE-À-CALLIÈRE, MONTRÉAL’S ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY COMPLEX
Katia Bouchard, Communications and Marketing Director
Cell: 514 912-1838 / [email protected]